It’s not uncommon for police to crackdown on patrolling for drunk drivers during holiday weekends and weekends with big events such as the Super Bowl. You’ll want to know what to expect if you are charged with driving under the influence.

DUI Crackdown by LA Police

According to the Auto Club of Southern California (AAA), if you are arrested for driving under the influence in California the cost can be about $16,000. You’ll want to know the best steps to keep yourself safe, keep others safe, and keep yourself out of jail during big police crackdowns.

According to the California Highway Patrol, during Super Bowl Sunday in 2016, there was one death, 52 DUI-related injuries, and 360 drunk-driving arrests made by CHP officers. A 10-year analysis conducted by the AAA in 2013 found there were 75% more fatal and injury crashes on Super Bowl Sundays in California than on other winter Sundays. Because of that, the Los Angeles Police Department and other area agencies crackdown on on looking for DUIs during big national events such as the Super Bowl.

Here are some additional tips for safe driving during big event weekends and holiday weekends:

  • Have a plan before the party – that way you know how you’re getting home before the event even starts.
  • Designate a sober driver and then leave your car keys at home.
  • If you’re drunk and need to get home, use a taxi, ride-sharing service, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
  • Call 911 immediately if you see any indications of an impaired driver on the road.

If you are pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence, immediately contact a criminal defense attorney. They will be able to advise you on next steps in your case.

Drunk Driving Charges

Drunk driving charges are serious and carry serious consequences not just on holiday or big event nights, but every night. While penalties will vary from case to case, here is a break-down of the sentencing guidelines and what you face if you are convicted of driving under the influence.

First DUI Conviction

For a first DUI conviction in California, a person receives:

  • Jail-time for no less than 96 hours and no more than 6 months.
  • A fine for no less than $390 and no more than $1,000 (plus penalties).
  • Suspension of driver’s license for six months. A court may grant a temporary restricted license. Your driver’s license cannot be reinstated until you have provided proof of financial responsibility and proof of completion of a state-approved “driving under the influence” program.
  • Depending on the circumstances of DUI, a first time DUI offender may also be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device. This will be done at the offender’s own expense.

For a second DUI conviction in California, a person receives:

  • Jail-time for no less than 90 days and no more than 1 year.
  • A fine for no less than $390 and no more than $1,000 (plus penalties).
  • Suspension of driver’s license for 1 year. Your driver’s license cannot be reinstated until you have provided proof of financial responsibility and proof of completion of a state-approved “driving under the influence” program.
  • Depending on the circumstances of DUI, a first time DUI offender may also be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device. This will be done at the offender’s own expense.

For a third DUI conviction in California, a person receives:

  • Jail-time for no less than 120 days and no more than 1 year.
  • A fine for no less than $390 and no more than $1,000 (plus penalties).<
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  • An offender will be considered a “habitual traffic offender” by the state for 3 years following the conviction.
  • Suspension of driver’s license for 2 years. Your driver’s license cannot be reinstated until you have provided proof of financial responsibility and proof of completion of a state-approved “driving under the influence” program.
  • An offender might be able to apply for a restricted driver’s license, but installation of an Ignition Interlock Device may be required.This will be done at the offender’s own expense.

For a fourth DUI conviction in California, a person receives:

  • Jail-time, prison or both, for no less than 180 days and no more than 1 year.
  • A fine for no less than $390 and no more than $1,000 (plus penalties).
  • An offender will be considered a “habitual traffic offender” by the state for 3 years following the conviction.
  • Suspension of driver’s license for 3 years. Your driver’s license cannot be reinstated until you have provided proof of financial responsibility and proof of completion of a state-approved “driving under the influence” program.
  • An offender might be able to apply for a restricted driver’s license, but installation of an Ignition Interlock Device may be required. This will be done at the offender’s own expense.
  • If you are arrested and convicted of a DUI in California, a judge will typically apply a set of minimum and maximum sentencing guidelines. A judge will also weigh the specifics of your case in addition to previous convictions.

Illegal in California

It’s important to remember that while driving in California, the following is illegal:

  • Drivers under 21 are not allowed to transport or carry unsealed beer, wine,or liquor in their vehicle when they are driving alone. Exceptions can be made for work-related driving.
  • Drivers under 21 are not allowed to drive with a blood alcohol concentration level (BAC) of .01 or higher.
  • Drivers under 21 are not allowed to consume alcohol in any form, including cough syrup, and prescription drugs.
  • Any driver, regardless of age,is not allowed to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. This is a standard BAC measurement used by all states to establish that a driver is impaired.
  • The driver of any vehicle that requires a commercial driver’s license may not drive with with a BAC of .04 percent or higher.
  • A driver under 18 is not allowed to drive with ANY measurable blood alcohol concentration.
  • Repeat offenders are not allowed to drive with a BAC of .01 or greater.
  • These drunk driving laws are similar to many other DUI laws across the United States.

Working with a Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are facing a DUI conviction, you’ll want to work with a criminal defense lawyer that handles DUI cases. Once you and your attorney have discussed the specifics of the allegations you are facing, you will be informed about the strengths and weaknesses of your case, including the risks of conviction and punishment that you face. A defense attorney will be able to negotiate a plea deal or decide to move forward with a trial, while constantly working to ensure your best interests.

The criminal defense lawyers at Daniel Perlman Law in Los Angeles will put our experience to work for you. We believe every defendant has the right to a zealous defense. We offer free initial consultations and will usually quote a flat fee that will cover all the services necessary for your case, including trial. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers, call 877-887-4541 or contact us by e-mail.

Daniel R. Perlman, Esq.
Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman